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Manufacturers of wireless devices sold in Europe need to be aware of an important date this June。  Effective June 13, 2017, the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (AKA the “RED”) becomes mandatory。  Products placed on the EU market as of that date must comply with the RED; the R&TTE Directive will no longer be valid。

When a manufacturer assesses compliance of radio equipment under the essential requirements of RED Articles 3。2 and 3。3 and harmonized standards are (1) applied only in part, (2) available but not applied, or (3) are not available, then it is mandatory for that manufacturer to use a Notified Body (NB) for review of the “technical documentation” (previously known as the Technical Construction File/TCF under the R&TTE Directive) and issue a “Type Examination Certificate”。

Many standards for the RED are not yet reedy; that is, they are either only available in draft format, not yet harmonized or not yet listed in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).  This fact will force many manufacturers to engage a Notified Body.

Rhein Tech Laboratories can assist you by reviewing your products, existing test reports and Declarations of Conformity, and determining which RED standards are applicable and identifying testing (or additional testing if test reports already exist).  We will then work with our Notified Body, American Certification Body (ACB), to review technical documentation and issue Type Examination Certificates if applicable.

To find out more, please contact Rhein Tech Laboratories, Inc. at sales @ hfytxx.com or call us at 703.689. 0368.

EU - Newly Published EN 300 328

Posted on February 5th 2017 by

The new RED version of was recently published in the Official Journal; covering wideband transmission systems operating in the 2.4GHz band such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, and WiFi.
This new version includes the following significant updates:

  • Inclusion of Receiver Blocking as a new requirement.
  • Inclusion of an alternative test method for Power Spectral Density.
  • Reduction of minimum number for hopping frequencies for non-adaptive FHSS equipment.

Manufacturers are required to update any Declarations of Conformity (DoC) based on version of EN 300 328 earlier than V2.1.1

 

This article is from American Certification Body website and provides helpful Q/A regarding the upcoming RED.  

American Certification Body (NB Number 1588)is notified under the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) and EMC Directive (2014/30/EU). We have received many questions about the upcoming Radio Equipment Directive. The following is a summary of some of those “Frequently-Asked-Questions.”

1. Q. What is covered by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)?

A.斗地主达人 A radio transmitter, or receiver, or transceiver, which is used for radio communication or radio determination. It does not include transmitters used for other purposes, such as heating, cutting, treating materials, etc.

2. Q. What radio equipment is NOT covered by the RED?

A. Annex I of the RED covers equipment that is NOT covered by the RED. In general, equipment intended by radio amateurs is exempt. In addition, marine equipment and airborne equipment.

3. Q. When is the RED required?

A. After June 12, 2017. Up until that time, both the R&TTED or RED can be used. From June 13, 2017 and on, only the RED is allowed.

4. Q. What about products that use the RTTED?

A.斗地主达人 From June 13, 2017, all products that are already physically in the market (in retail stores or in the supply chain that is not controlled by the manufacturer) can still be used or sold on to a final user. Any product that is placed on the market after June 13, 2017, must comply with the RED.

 

On December 6, 2016, Mexico’s IFETEL announced its new procedure to obtain IFT-008 certificates for spread spectrum products (frequency bands of 2.4 GHz, 5725-5850 MHz and 902-928 MHz) will be similar to the past procedure with the following steps:
1. Test the sample in an accredited lab.
2. Submit the test report and application to NYCE and pay NYCE fee as normal.
3. NYCE will issue the CoC certificate, which in this case will be an IFT-008 CoC certificate until NOM-208 is enforced.
4. Submit the NYCE IFT-008 certificate to IFETEL and pay IFETEL fee.
5. IFETEL will issue IFT-008 certificate 4 to 6 weeks later.
Once NOM-208 is enforced, all products must have a NOM-208 certificate prior to importation.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has issued several draft regulations to replace the current Circular 05/2014/TT‐BTTTT. This draft is currently in its 3rd revision and possibly additional amendments will be made before the implementation date of October 1, 2017. Currently, the most significant changes are as follows:
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands will not be considered SRDs. This means these devices which operate under 60mW will still not require Type Approval, and a Letter of No Accreditation (LoNA) can still be obtained.
866‐868 MHz RFID equipment has been added to the SRD list. Per the current procedure, Type Approval is required.
UWB equipment has been added to the SRD list.
60 GHz WiGig equipment have been added to the SRD list.
Testing to one additional standard will be required for GSM devices.
Testing to one additional standard will be required for W‐CDMA FDD devices.
25‐2000 MHz wireless audio equipment has been added to the SRD list.
Lithium batteries used in mobile phones, notebooks and tablets have been added to the list of products subject to Announcement of Standard Conformity (DoC).
NOTE: All Type Approval Certificates already in place will remain valid until their expiration.
 

As of December 1, 2016, China’s SRRC will no longer require Type Approval for Low Power Short Range devices, and no certificates will be issued for these devices. However, it should be noted that Bluetooth and WLAN devices are still subject to SRRC Type Approval.

Recently, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) published a list of devices exempt from Type Approval. The listed devices do not require type approval/no objection letter (NOC) from PTA, and may be directly imported as per customs procedures. The list includes the following devices:
• Networking Equipment (switches, firewalls, servers, storage devices)
• Laptops/Desktops/Personal Computer (PC)
• Tablet PC with Wi-Fi-only functionality (non-SIM based devices)
• GPS-only devices
• Smart watches with Bluetooth/Wi-Fi functionality only (without SIM or tracking features)
• 13.56 MHz RFID/Bluetooth/NFC devices

斗地主达人India is becoming stricter with its requirement that all foreign applicants set up a liaison office or branch office located in India which meets all liabilities and obligations with respect to the BIS Act, 1986, and the Rules and Regulation for the purpose of registration, on behalf of the foreign manufacturer. Therefore, if a foreign manufacturer has a local office in India, they must nominate a member from the local office to act as the Authorized Indian Representative (AIR).

On January 13, 2017, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union an updated, consolidated list of harmonized standards for the R&TTE Directive (RED); go to

Tonga’s Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) issued an Official Guideline requiring all communication equipment with radio or satellite technology to be type approved by MIC prior to being imported and marketed for use in Tonga. The following equipment is exempted from the requirement:
• Laptops, personal computers, tablets, and car radios with short range radio technology such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
• Digital displays or LCD screens for digital cameras, printers, car audios
• Receiver-only radio equipment intended to be used solely for the reception of sound (radio) and terrestrial TV broadcasting services, including satellite dishes and aerials
• Short range (50 meters) infrared remote control equipment, including TV remote controls, toys, car door openers, garage door openers, etc.
• Terminal equipment used by licensed radio amateurs for personal use

We were recently asked how can one determine if a test laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 or if it is 2。948-listed。  Our reply follows:

You can determine the current status of your test laboratory as it relates to this issue by going to this , Equipment Authorization System Test Firm Search, which permits you to find a test laboratory which is authorized by the FCC to perform compliance testing。 You may either follow the prompts on the screen, or you may download files of 2。948-listed and accredited test firms。

Please note that a test facility currently 2。948-listed may be in the process of obtaining ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, or scheduling an assessment, neither of which are reflected on this site, so we recommend you contact the facility directly to confirm their status。

The accreditation and recognition of a test site applies to a specific test facility. All testing, including testing by external resources and subcontracted testing, must be performed at an accredited test facility that is recognized by the FCC.

If your device is tested at more than one site, the test report should specify what tests were performed at which locations.

After October 12, 2017, if testing is performed at a non-accredited site, the test results and test report will not be accepted, even if an FCC accredited testing laboratory reviewed and deemed the results acceptable。

We were recently asked by a client if there is a limit on the number of radio devices that we may import for FCC compliance testing, industry trade shows, and evaluation/suitability for marketing.  Our reply, per 47CFR§2.1204 is as follows:

The FCC does limit the number, type, and conditions under which RF devices may be imported。 stipulates that RF devices can be imported in quantities of 4000 or fewer units for testing and evaluation to determinate compliance with the FCC rules and regulations, product development, or suitability for marketing. stipulates that 200 or fewer RF devices designed solely for operation within one of the FCC’s authorized radio services for which an operating license is required to be issued by the FCC, or 10 or fewer units of all other products, can be imported for demonstration at industry trade shows. Both rules state that the devices will not be offered for sale or marketed.

If you require more than the FCC rules allow, you may request an import quantity waiver, per and 。

An import quantity waiver request must be submitted well in advance of the import date and it must address 10 specific points that are detailed in . This document also provides important instructions for submitting the import waiver request via the FCC OET Knowledge Database (KDB) Inquiry System so that the waiver request is reviewed and processed most efficiently.

This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  •  - (November 2016) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Base Stations (BS), Repeaters and User Equipment (UE) for IMT-2000 Third-Generation cellular networks; Part 10: Harmonised Standard for IMT-2000, FDMA/TDMA (DECT) covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) conformance testing; Part 1: conducted conformance testing (3GPP TS 37。145-1 version 13。0。0 Release 13)
  • - (November 2016) - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); LTE; Active Antenna System (AAS) Base Station (BS) conformance testing; Part 2: radiated conformance testing (3GPP TS 37.145-2 version 13.0.0 Release 13)
  • - (November 2016) - Land Mobile Service; Radio equipment for analogue and/or digital communication (speech and/or data) and operating on narrow band channels and having an antenna connector; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 1: Requirements for Generic UWB applications
  • - (November 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 2: Requirements for UWB location tracking
  • - (November 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 3: Requirements for UWB devices for ground based vehicular applications
  • - (November 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Receive-Only Mobile Earth Stations (ROMES) providing data communications operating in the 1,5 GHz frequency band; Radio Frequency (RF) specifications covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Low data rate Land Mobile satellite Earth Stations (LMES) and Maritime Mobile satellite Earth Stations (MMES) not intended for distress and safety communications operating in the 1,5 GHz/1,6 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Land Mobile Earth Stations (LMES) providing voice and/or data communications, operating in the 1,5 GHz and 1,6 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Aircraft Earth Stations (AES) providing Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service (AMSS)/Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) and/or the Aeronautical Mobile Satellite on Route Service (AMS(R)S)/Mobile Satellite Service (MSS), operating in the frequency band below 3 GHz covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES); Harmonised Standard for Mobile Earth Stations (MES) of Geostationary mobile satellite systems, including handheld earth stations, for Satellite Personal Communications Networks (S-PCN) under the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS), operating in the 1,5 GHz and 1,6 GHz frequency bands covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Short Range Devices (SRD) using Ultra Wide Band technology (UWB); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU; Part 4: Material Sensing devices using UWB technology below 10,6 GHz
  • - (November 2016) - Radio Frequency Identification Equipment operating in the band 865 MHz to 868 MHz with power levels up to 2 W and in the band 915 MHz to 921 MHz with power levels up to 4 W; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Wideband transmission systems; Data transmission equipment operating in the 2,4 GHz ISM band and using wide band modulation techniques; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 5: Specific conditions for Private land Mobile Radio (PMR) and ancillary equipment (speech and non-speech) and Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.1(b) of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 6: Specific conditions for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) equipment; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。1(b) of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 15: Specific conditions for commercially available amateur radio equipment; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。1(b) of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 31: Specific conditions for equipment in the 9 kHz to 315 kHz band for Ultra Low Power Active Medical Implants (ULP-AMI) and related peripheral devices (ULP-AMI-P); Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。1(b) of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services; Part 51: Specific conditions for Automotive, Ground based Vehicles and Surveillance Radar Devices using 24,05 GHz to 24,25 GHz, 24,05 GHz to 24,5 GHz, 76 GHz to 77 GHz and 77 GHz to 81 GHz; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.1b of Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Navigation radar for use on non-SOLAS vessels; Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU
  • - (November 2016) - Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT); Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) transmission equipment (500 kbit/s / 250 kbit/s) operating in the 5 795 MHz to 5 815 MHz frequency band; Part 2: Harmonised Standard covering the essential requirements of article 3。2 of Directive 2014/53/EU; Sub-part 2: On-Board Units (OBU)

See for additional information.

On November 14, 2016, the FCC adopted rules for specific millimeter wave (mmW) bands above 24 GHz。 The action was undertaken to establish a regulatory framework for the use of these bands for the development of the next generational evolution of wireless technology。 The new rules go into effect on December 14, 2016, with the aim of promoting the development of highly beneficial technologies, in particular 5G technology。 All new rule parts go into effect on December 14, 2016, with the exception of Sec。 25。136 and 30。8 which contain information collection requirements that are not effective until approved by the Office of Management and Budget。 .

Vietnam – Proposed Rule Changes

Posted on November 15th 2016 by

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) recently published for public discussion a draft regulation No. _2016/TT-BTTTT, which will replace current regulation No. 05/2014/TT-BTTTT. The following are the changes proposed:

  1. One more national standard (QCVN86) will be required for GSM devices;
  2. One more national standard (QCVN18) will be applicable to W-CDMA FDD devices;
  3. 2。4 GHz & 5 GHz wireless devices will be now considered as short range devices and mandatory Type Approval will be required regardless of the output power (previously only products with output power more than 60 mW required Type Approval in these frequencies);
  4. RFID equipment operating on the 866-868 MHz band and its applicable standards (QCVN 95:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 96:2015/BTTTT) have now been added to the list of SRD and remain to be subject to mandatory Type Approval.
  5. UWB and its standards (QCVN 47:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 94:2015/BTTTT) have now been added to the list of SRD.
  6. 60 GHz WiGig and its applicable standards (QCVN 88:2015/BTTTT and QCVN 18:2014/BTTTT) have now been added to the list of SRD.
  7. Wireless audio equipment on frequency band o25 MHz – 2000 MHz and its standard (QCVN 91:2015/BTTTT) have now been added to the list of SRD.
  8. Lithium batteries used in notebooks, mobile phones and tablets added to the list of products are subject to Announcement of Standard Conformity (DoC)。 Applicable technical standard is QCVN101:2016/BTTTT。

It is anticipated the draft regulation will go into effect on April 1, 2017 and all existing Type Approval certificates will continue to be valid until the certificate expiration date, or September 30, 2017, which ever one comes first。 Comments on the proposed draft regulation may be submitted in a form of a formal letter and sent to:

Department of Science and Technology
Ministry of Information and Communication
18 Nguyen Du Street, Hanoi, Vietnam (Block B, Floor 4th)
Tel: 04 39437328
Attn: Mr. Le Xuan Cong, Head of the Department

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